On The Grapevine…

Posted by Dean Piper On July 14th, 2012

*X Factor’s Misha B definitely hasn’t lost any of the forwardness which she displayed on the show. But the singer – who finished fourth in the comp – tells me she initially hit rock bottom after accusations that she was a bully.
She said: “You live and you learn. Because of the pressure of the show it went from being about the one thing I love – which is my music – to me as a person.
“I lost my confidence but since coming out of the show I have got to be myself a lot more. So now I am cool and happy.
“There has never been a time where I haven’t looked back on any of my life experiences as positive. I feel that without the lows there would be no highs and I feel that if I hadn’t gone through that then I wouldn’t be the strong person that I am today.”
And as she prepares herself to release her first single Home Run tomorrow, Misha reveals she’s a big fan of winner’s Little Mix debut offering Wings.
“I absolutely love it because it was such a beautiful unexpected surprise. Being on the show I didn’t know what to expect from them as a girlband. But I’m excited for them.” Me too.

*Here’s a random one for you! Former England footie star Dion Dublin is swapping penalties for pirouettes as he’s joined the board of directors for….Birmingham Royal Ballet! My tutu-clad source told me: “Dion is a closet culture geek and loves going to the ballet with his missus. He’s also an accomplished amateur percussionist and even invented a percussion instrument called ‘The Dube’!” Who the hell knew.

*An unlikely bromance has formed between The Voice coach will.i.am and Virgin entrepreneur Richard Branson.
Speaking at the EF Education First Summeranza Festival The Voice mentor let slip: “Richard is dope. He is a guy who went from music to airlines and from airlines to space. Space is dope. He is an idol of mine and someone I keep my eye on.”

*Emma Willis is going places these days. Obviously she’s on C5 screens doing Big Brother’s Bit On The Side for the next few months and she’s filming in on This Morning for Holly Willoughby nowadays. But her new venture sees her alongside Alexander Armstrong on ITV1′s new gameshow Prize Island. It’s the equivalent of a new age It’s A Knockout without ridiculous cash prizes and hi-tech challenges. And Emma can’t wait to start work. She tells me: “In my head the show is Lost meets the Hunger Games without anybody dying. I actually believe it’s going to be like me being in Lost. It’s very much old school when it comes to the challenges and the prizes. It’s simple and some of the team who have worked on I’m A Celebrity challenges are on board with us.”
Meanwhile Emma is preparing for the start of Celebrity Big Brother at the end of the summer too – she wants Joan Rivers, Richard Madeley, Boy George and Adam Ant in the house. Good choices!

*Model Daisy Lowe was feeling super shy when it came to posing up next to film star Danny Dyer (above) at the grand opening of Leicester Square’s brand new Hippodrome Casino. Fortunately she livened up when Danny whisked her off to hit the black jack tables on the main casino floor. Elsewhere models Jade Parfitt and Jodie Kidd were squealing as the roulette wheel span. The Hippodrome renovation project has been 30 months coming and they’ve spent a whopping £40 million on it. It’s British family owned, there’s no membership policy, it’s 24 hours and has state-of-the-art electronic gaming machines.

*Great Expectations hottie Douglas Booth was showing off his new mane of shoulder length extensions while hanging out at Wireless in the Barclaycard Unwind area with a hot blonde.
He told me: “I’ve had to have them put in for a role and it took them ages to put them in. They have been glued-in so I can’t take them out while I’m still working on the film.
“I’m appearing in Black Swan director’s Darren Aronofsky new film which is an adaptation of Noah. I’m playing Noah’s youngest son Shem and Russell Crowe is playing Noah which is pretty cool!”

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